Compassionate Dental Care for
the Patient with Cancer.
Dennis M. Abbott, DDS is the founder and CEO of Dental Oncology Professionals, an oral medicine practice dedicated to care for the unique dental and oral health needs of individuals battling cancer. He is committed to helping patients manage and overcome obstacles so that cancer treatment can be continued, proper nutrition maintained and a high quality of life enjoyed before, during and after cancer therapy.
In addition to private practice, Dr. Abbott is a member of the dental oncology medical staff at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas. He serves as a consultant to the National Cancer Society in the development of oral monitoring guidelines for post-treatment cancer survivors.
Dr. Abbott has most recently conducted studies focusing on bisposphonate-related osteonecrosis of the jaw and xerostomia in patients with cancer.
JoAnn R. Gurenlian, RDH,PhD, is Professor and Graduate director of the department of Dental Hygiene at Idaho State.
She is the President-Elect of the International Federation of Dental Hygienists and Past President of the American Dental Hygienists Association. She had been active in dental hygiene for over 35 years as a leader, educator, clinician, administrator and researcher.
JoAnn is a cancer survivor who will share her personal story and lecture on the importance of maintaining oral health during cancer care.
Patients who undergo cancer treatment are sometimes unaware that it can affect their teeth, gums, salivary glands, and oral tissues.
One third of people treated for cancer develop complications that affect their mouth.
To manage oral side effects, the dental team and oncologist can work together before and during cancer treatment, to make recovery as comfortable as possible.
Highlights of the Evening:
*Review oral cancer screenings
*Understanding oral lesions and oral pathology
*Learn about the products available to treat dry mouth.
Oral care is a crucial component of cancer therapy.
As hygienists, you must be aware of the complications that arise in the oral cavity and the steps you can take to help the patients.
Please wear PINK to the meeting in order to support the fight against breast cancer and in celebration of October Breast Cancer Awareness Month.